The National Archives of Finland preserves documentary cultural heritage

The National Archives is a government body under the Ministry of Education. The task of Finland's National Archives is to ensure that documents belonging to the national cultural heritage are preserved and to promote their use for research. Research and development in the sector is also part of its remit.



The National Archives guides the records management and archives administration of authorities, is responsible for the general development of archives administration and ordinates which state and municipal administration documents should be permanently preserved.

The National Archives has statutory authority to issue binding regulations to the authorities, e.g., on permanent preservation of documents, archival premises, papers and writing materials for preparing of documents as well as on the registration and cataloguing of documents.

The National Archives receives and preserves records of state authorities with permanent preservation value, as well as obtains and preserves private archives of importance for the society and in research.

The National Archives ensures the availability of the preserved documents by making them available in reading rooms and partly also online.


The duties of the National Archives are stipulated in the National Archives Act (HE191/2016).


The Director General of the National Archives has the title of National Archivist. The Director General of the National Archives is Jussi Nuorteva.